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Yale Interdisciplinary Stress Seminar Series

The goal of this monthly series is to bring together members of the Yale community doing outstanding research related to stress, trauma and health across molecular to public health levels of analysis, and with prevention and treatment development and testing. Speakers at all levels of training are invited to share their recent findings and perspectives on stress-related research questions. We are committed to amplifying individuals from groups that are historically underrepresented in academic science. We aim to build a network of stress researchers that fosters interdepartmental and interdisciplinary collaboration. Through the creation of this network, our long-term goal is to drive research and discovery that can reduce the toxic effects of stress and trauma and improve health and chronic disease outcomes.

Please contact Drs. Elizabeth Goldfarb ( or Rajita Sinha ( to join the YSC community and listserv.

Fall 2021 Calendar

Date Speaker Information Title
September 9, 2021 Kim Smolderen PhD, MSc , Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Ocotober 7, 2021 Sarah Lowe PhD , Assistant Professor of Public Health (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
Yale School of Public Health
November 4, 2021 Shannon Whirledge, PhD, MSc , Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
December 2, 2021 Ilan Harpaz-Rotem, PhD, ABPP , Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry

Spring 2021 Calendar

Date Speaker Information Title
January 21, 2021 Shivani Bhatt, MS , Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (INP), Yale University.,
Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program
Imaging the neural immune and stress systems in post-traumatic stress disorder
February 18, 2021 Jutta Joorman, PhD , Professor of Psychology, Yale University,
Department of Psychology
Stress, cognition, and emotion regulation in depression
March 18, 2021 Elizabeth Goldfarb, PhD , Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Psychology, Yale University,
Department of Psychiatry
Stress and multiple memory systems: Dynamic interactions and implications for psychopathology
April 15, 2021 Anahita Bassir Nia, MD , Assistant Professor of Psychiatry,
Department of Psychiatry
Endocannabinoid system in relation to opioid use, stress and trauma
May 13, 2021 Dylan Gee, PhD , Assistant Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry,
Department of Psychology
Leveraging the science of early life stress to promote mental health
June 10, 2021 Amy Arnsten, PhD , Kent Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology,
Department of Neuroscience
The neurobiology of stress-induced prefrontal cortical dysfunction